Spalding people caught up in Zeppelin raid

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Spalding man Mr Tate, of Kings Road, found himself caught up in the terrifying Zeppelin raid of the east coast.

He spoke about his experience to this newspaper, and Mr and Mrs G R Limmer, of Henrietta Street, Spalding, also heard some of the alarming details.

As a result of these accounts, this newspaper was able to give “a graphic description... of the visit of the baby killers”.

The report began: “Though on this occasion the German airmen quite failed in their miserable attack on undefended towns and villages, the visitation appears to have created considerable alarm.”

Mr and Mrs Limmer’s relative, Charles Claughton, formerly of Spalding, wrote: “We are safe and sound after last night’s terrible raid. It is the first time we have fully realised the horrors of war and it is difficult to describe.

“We could not have been in greater danger if we had been in the first line of trenches in France.”

He said residents had been warned of an approaching raid, but had “treated it lightly” round the supper table, but at 12.20am were awakened “by an approach of a monster Zeppelin”.

The house shook as the Zeppelin approached and the “crashing and bursting of the bomb appeared to be shattering the house”.

Standing under the stairs, holding the children, “crash followed crash” as it passed right over the house.

The next and worst bomb of all “shattered the roof of a house and all the windows in that neighbourhood, it lifted a workshop right up to the main line of telegraph wires” while another left a hole “big enough to put your wash house in”.

It was enough, he said, to upset the nerves of any man.